Shuttle Discovery Returns Home
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ Space shuttle Discovery returned home Friday after landing in California Oct. 24.
After 13 days in space, during which the crew worked on the international space station Alpha and made a record-breaking four spacewalks, Discovery was diverted to Edwards Air Force Base because of bad weather in Florida.
High winds over Edwards in the Mojave Desert and a balky bolt on a cover protecting the shuttle’s main engines delayed mounting Discovery on its 747 carrier aircraft for the trip to Cape Canaveral.
The piggyback duo left California Thursday morning and made a refueling stop at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. The combo then flew on to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, where it spent Thursday night.
Discovery’s next mission will be another flight to the space station in mid-February next year.